Humpback Lodge offers comfortable Sodwana Bay self-catering accommodation

Humpback Lodge

Humpback Lodge is a holiday establishment situated in the quiet village of Sodwana Bay, just five kilometres from the beach as well as within reach of other local tourist attractions and activities.

Sodwana Bay is located on the KwaZulu Natal north coast, between St. Lucia and Lake Sibhayi. It is located in the Sodwana Bay National Park, and the Maputaland Marine Reserve, and is a popular reef diving destination.

The area enjoys a sub-tropical climate, which makes the winter months moderately mild, but liveable while the summers are often characterised by what can be termed ‘beach days’.

It is in this setting that Humpback Lodge offers comfortable backer and self-catering accommodation and amazing views of the surrounding area. Its location means it’s the ideal base from which to explore the North Coast as a couple, family or group.

Expect beautifully-decorated rooms, personal touches and attention to detail, which has kept many of their previous guests returning. Within walking distance from the bottle store, butchery and general shop.

Accommodation at Humpback Lodge

You will find that Humpback Lodge is a rondavel accommodation with two spacious, separate rooms – one upstairs and one down stairs, both with en-suite bathrooms.

The rooms can sleep two people each and have two single beds for children or a group of friends that don’t mind sharing. Situated next to the rondavel, you will find a fully-equipped kitchen with all that you might need to prepare amazing food.

In addition to the Humpback Lodge, your hosts also now have the Humpback House, which can sleep between six and eight people – making it ideal for families or travelling groups. It’s a spacious rustic luxury house with high wooden ceilings consisting of three bedrooms, two bedrooms and a loft room upstairs.

The master room comes with en-suite bathroom while each room has a ceiling fan and Bali-style mosquito net. The kitchen and shared living area are all open plan. There is a large porch with comfy couches.

Facilities at the lodge

Besides the rondavel and the house being serviced daily, there are several facilities at Humpback Lodge designed to ensure you have comfortable and memorable stays.

For your convenience, they have daily maid and laundry services as well as free, secure parking. There is a bar serving your favourite drinks, a 24-hour front desk, a relaxed garden area with BBQ facilities and an airport shuttle (provided at an additional charge).

Activities at Humpback Lodge

Humpback Lodge is ideally-located to enable you to take full advantage of the different types of activities offered in the Sodwana Bay area. Sodwana Bay is all about nature, sandy beaches and the calm blue sea.

Popular activities in the area include fishing, gift shopping, hiking, reef diving, horse-riding and water sport facilities (on the premises).

The famous ISimangaliso Wetland Park is located just 17km from Humpback Lodge and the house, while the iconic Sodwana Lighthouse is located only 7km from the property.

Top reasons to stay at Humpback Lodge

Among the top reasons to stay at Humpback Lodge include:

  • Affordable accommodation,
  • An ideal location on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast,
  • Good facilities,
  • Within reach of all the local activities, as well as
  • Amazing hospitality.

Humpback Lodge is located at 1 Sodwana Bay Main road Qongwana, Mbazwana. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 82 289 0033 / +27 (0) 78 996 3637 / +27 (0) 82 669 3293; email or visit them online at Follow them on Instagram HERE.


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